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Gambling

Key Findings - Local Content (Sourced from Public Health Annual Report here)

  • The total number of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in Wirral is 239

  • 42% of these FOBTs were located in the Birkenhead Constituency (100) with 70 located in Wallasey, 35 located in Wirral West and 34 located in Wirral South

  • In 2016/17, FOBTs in Wirral were estimated to make a net profit of £12.9 million in 2016/17 compared to £11 million in 2012/13

  • Between 2012/13 and 2016/17 it was estimated that FOBTs made a total profit of £58.5 million

  • Birkenhead made almost 3 times as much profit from FOBTs in 5 years (£24 million) compared to Wirral South (£8 million)

  • It is estimated that £78 a year per person (aged 18+) was lost due to gambling on FOBTs in Birkenhead compared to £31 a year per person in Wirral South

  • If current trends continue it is estimated that £15.4 million a year could be lost on FOBTs by 2021/22

Key Findings - National Content

  • Gambling is a growing Public Health concern with some of the impacts of problem gambling being found here

  • Estimates from the Citizens Advice Bureau suggest that for every harmful gambler, between 6 and 10 additional people are directly affected. This means 2.5 million to 4.3 million may be affected by problem gambling in Great Britain

  • A recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research states that harmful gamblers are over 4 times more likely to go to prison than the average member of the population, costing between £40 million to £190 million per year to rehabilitate

  • A recent survey by the Gambling Commission found that 12% of those aged between 11 and 15 years old had spent their own money on gambling in the previous week

  • The Gambling Commission also found that there were 33,420 FOBTs in the UK each returning an average profit of £53,887 per machine a year

  • This means the amount of profit made by FOBTs in the UK was estimated to be £1.8 billion for 2016/17

  • The total profit made by all forms of gambling in the UK was £13.8 billion - made up primarily from online gambling

Latest Information

Wirral Public Health Annual Report 2018 - Harmful Gambling

Liverpool Public Health Observatory - Fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) use and problem gambling across the Liverpool city region (LCR) 

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